Star Emmert became the first All-American in women's cross country history at Shawnee State when she finished 20th overall at the 2005 NAIA National Championship. A two-time team captain, Emmert placed 27th at the 2008 NAIA National Championships to become the first two-time All-American runner in program history with fellow Hall of Fame inductee Lisa Davies. Their All-American performances helped the Bears finish 13th as a team in their first-ever appearance at the NAIA Championships as a team. That finish is still tied for the highest place by a women's cross country team at Shawnee State. Emmert would qualify for the NAIA Championships in each of her four years with the Bears, becoming the first runner in program history to compete in four national championships. She just missed becoming a three-time All-American runner with a 32nd-place finish during the 2006 season.
Emmert ranks second in the Shawnee State record books with a career-best time of 18:02 that she set at the Ohio University Invitational on September 27, 2008. She still holds seven of the top 25 times in program history to this day, including two of the top four. Emmert won two races during her collegiate career, including the 2006 Shawnee State Invitational. She was a four-time All-AMC runner for the Bears. Emmert was first-team All-AMC in 2005 while earning second-team All-AMC honors in her other three seasons. In addition to her athletic accolades, Emmert was a two-time NAIA and AMC Scholar-Athlete.